Two McLennan County men were indicted Wednesday in an alleged murder-for-hire plot in which a man was shot and killed in December 2015 at an East Waco convenience store.

A McLennan County grand jury indicted Tyler Sherrod Clay, 28, of Hewitt, and Keith Antione Spratt, 29, of Waco, on capital murder charges in the shooting death of Joshua Ladale Pittman.

Pittman was shot several times in the chest with a handgun in the attack, Waco police said.

The indictment alleges Clay paid Spratt to kill the 37-year-old Pittman.

Waco police reported that Pittman had been involved in multiple robberies of individuals. The investigation showed that Pittman “set up” Spratt and Clay to be robbed, leading the duo to conspire to murder Pittman, said Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton.

A masked man entered Pick N Pay Foodmart, 504 Faulkner Lane, shortly before 11 p.m. Dec. 23, 2015, and shot Pittman, according to reports. No suspects were identified immediately after the shooting, and the case remained open for 18 months.

According to records filed in the case, Pittman allegedly robbed Clay earlier in 2015, and Clay hired Spratt to murder Pittman in retaliation. Witnesses and confidential sources identified Spratt as the shooter, and detectives were told Spratt received payment from Clay for the murder, according to the documents.

Arrest affidavits do not indicate what type of payment was made.

Both men have remained in jail under $1 million bonds since their arrests in July.

Spratt is represented by Waco attorneys Russ Hunt and Michelle Tuegel.

“We look forward to receiving additional discovery from the district attorney’s office and fully investigating the case,” Tuegel said. “We look forward to representing Mr. Spratt and for him to have his day in court.”

Clay is represented by Houston attorney Randy Schaffer and Jessi Freud, of Waco.

Staff writer at the Waco Tribune-Herald covering courts and criminal justice. Follow me on Twitter @TSpoonFeed.

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